Department of Psychology
We have a number of degree and certificate options within the Department of Psychology at SOU including:
The Psychology Major
A major in Psychology requires a minimum of 57 credit hours in Psychology plus additional required courses from outside the major. You can obtain a copy of the undergraduate program form used by faculty advisors to help guide you through the requirements for a degree in psychology below:
Below are the descriptions of the two options for the required Psychology Capstone Courses (PSY 498 & PSY 499)
In order to declare your major in psychology you must meet with an intake advisor. Please call Linda at (541) 552-6939 and she will schedule an appointment for you.
The Psychology Minor
A minor in Psychology requires a minimum of 24 credit hours in Psychology courses including the General Psychology sequence.
The Human Service degree completion program is a joint between the Psychology and Sociology Departments at SOU. Classes are conveniently scheduled at nights and on weekends in Ashland and Medford to accommodate the schedules of working students. The program is for students who:
- have completed an associate of arts degree or approximately two years of college;
- want to better understand their community and social environment;
- desire to improve their career opportunities and reach educational goals; and
- wish to enhance specific human relations skills and strengthen their ability to work effectively in social services.
The certificate program is a partnership with the School of Business and Communication and Psychology Departments. Students in this program provides students with specialized skills in human resource mangement.
Goals of the Psychology Department
Students from all majors find that psychology courses contribute to their mastery of their respective majors or help them acquire widely applicable, transferable skills needed in a future career. Of course, many students take psychology courses who are simply curious about human behavior, emotions, and thought.
Our faculty have identified nine different goals for psychology majors. Different courses emphasize different goals depending on course level and course content. Our goal is for psychology majors to acquire:
- A knowledge base of psychological theory and research outcomes
- Critical-thinking skills
- Writing and speaking skills
- Information gathering and synthesis skills
- Research methods and statistical skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Ethical and values clarification
- Cultural and diversity sensitivity
- Application skills relevant to future careers
If you are interested in the details of becoming a Psychology major or minor, see the SOU online catalog.